Ringing in the new year with rhyme: Afloat
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Written by: LTJG Stephanie Young
The Coast Guard as a service embraces many traditions that binds us
together and enriches our heritage. One of these maritime traditions
falls but once a year, on New Year’s Eve, and allows watchstanders
to show their penchant for prose as they write log entries in rhyme.
Writing a log entry onboard a Coast Guard cutter is a routine matter
in which material condition, watchstanders and the ship’s status is
recorded. But, in seafaring tradition, watchstanders sweat over
military jargon and nautical terms each mid-watch on New Year’s Eve
to pen lyrical masterpieces.
CGC Decisive – Written by SN Bailey Walker
Here we are, upon the midnight watch,
Ahead 210, making 13 knots.
We welcome a brand new year,
Nav lights energized, to home we steer.
A 2 month stint in the Caribbean Sea,
Now to our homes and our families.
Number 2 generator is providing us light, Number 1 is on standby
this starry night.
Both MDE’s are providing power,
Trying to improve our ETA, if only by one hour.
Petty Officer Burns has the deck and the conn, We take our orders
from JIATF-South TACON, Small boats cradled, secured for sea,
Standing by Channel 16, in case there is a plea.
LANTAREA takes charge of this Coast Guard cutter, Dog zebra is set
and not a word we utter, Last known position upon the sea, Xx
degrees-xx.x north, xxx degrees-xx.x west, just south of Haiti.
Now we celebrate on the crews mess,
Another mission completed with success,
Steaming toward our Pascagoula pier,
I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year.